Thinking Out Loud. "The Mother Workshops and Other Poems" by Jeri Kroll and "Shadows at the Gate" by Robyn Rowland [review]
Finally, it seems that honesty is what Kroll and Rowland are after. Of course, theorists could argue that, in poetry, honesty is the most deceitful pose. But insofar as these collections represent their views, it seems that Kroll and Rowland would argue that theory — with its irony, and its knowingness — is a way of escaping from the gifts and limitations of an individual life. And the individual life is what they celebrate.